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Old 04-16-2017, 10:41 AM   #2181
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Thanks for the kind words folks. Now to get back to the shorty.

Meanwhile...I am still up for a bus nut gathering and chat session next Sunday afternoon. Any other locals interested?

How about sometime around 3 in the afternoon?
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Old 04-16-2017, 12:19 PM   #2182
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Lovin the BUZZ!! sorry i like BUZZ bewtter than MOAB for the name... i still think cool-ass-heck 4 wheeling when I hear the word MOAB...

alas il;l; be at the florida Ocala skoolie gathering and wont be able to make houston in time for sunday.. or if I did, it would be one heck of a drive...

I did get my bus put back together anbd it seems to run good though..
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Old 04-16-2017, 03:35 PM   #2183
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I was there TODAY!!!!! Got pics of Buzz and his patrol kitty too. Too tired to post anything. Going to bed to get up early again tomorrow............

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Old 04-16-2017, 10:18 PM   #2184
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Well Dangnabbit! --- Cadillac can't make it next weekend and I missed M today!

Ah well...at least I got a little more done on the shorty.


I decided to take a shortcut and make my firewall out of Foam Core. Not. But it is the final fit template. And I even threaded the rod I'm replacing the fuel solenoid with and fitted a shiny red knob! Those solenoids are to me a weak link. Why not just have an "On/Off" pull rod?

ONWARD!

PS...Hope some of you locals can make it next Sunday around 3 pm but either way...I'll be there drinking.
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Old 04-17-2017, 03:29 AM   #2185
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Cool idea to template in foam core, why can't you use a pull rod? I know the Bosch pumps had the manual valve on them, I was thinking some had to make an external fuel valve you could use then gut the valve out of the Cummins pump? Or is the valve external to the pump?

Although maybe it's just easier to Velcro a spare solenoid under the dash or put one in your emergency kit.. I carry a few electronics bits for the redbyrd so I at least have s fighting chance if I break down.
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Old 04-17-2017, 09:50 AM   #2186
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Howdy Cadillac...hope you can make it down this way one of these days.

I am using a push rod. The older, mechanical Cummins (3.9 & 5.9) like mine employ a solenoid and actuator unit that is fairly bulky just to open and close the fuel supply. When activated by the ignition, it moves a lever attached to the actual valve. All I did was eliminate the electrics and actuator and attach a simple push/pull rod directly to the lever on the valve. One less item to go South, but now I do have to remember to turn the supply off & on. Had the same arrangement (from the factory) on the DD 6v53 that was in my old BB.
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Old 04-17-2017, 09:55 AM   #2187
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I like the manual control... it also means that you can drive if your alternator goes defunct and you kill the batteries!!.

I remember driving dads IHC scout that way... lost the alt, it was a DAMN HOT day. so I ran the A/C till the battery got so low the compressor clutch slipped and the signals no longer flashed... and still drove another 2 hours.. got home before dark... and was REAL careful not to stall it on the clutch!

of course you an allison electronic so not sure what happens if the trans computer goes dead.

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Old 04-17-2017, 10:03 AM   #2188
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Ya, I have wondered about that too. I was originally going for "pure" mechanical including the tranny but the idea of going through ten gears in slow moving traffic while overdeveloping the muscles in my left leg wore me out just thinking about it. The Allie will have the only Puter on board, but it will indeed be a critical one. Surely there is some kind of a hack around any such situation? Spare batt just for the trans? Hook it up to the genny? 400 AAA Copper Tops?
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Old 04-19-2017, 02:33 PM   #2189
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Hmmmm...has anyone had an Allison go into "Limp Mode"? And if the TCM goes out, will it still "Limp"?
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Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. I'll be at ReHab about 1:30pm.
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